Three more members of the Congressional Black Caucus have endorsed Rep. Donna Edwards for the Senate, her campaign said Wednesday.
Fellow Democratic Reps. Lacy Clay of Missouri, Robin Kelly of Illinois and Hank Johnson of Georgia have joined Gwen Moore of Wisconsin in supporting the Prince George's County lawmaker.
"Together, we have fought for voting rights, to erase health disparities, and to enhance economic opportunities for black communities," Edwards said in a statement. "I look forward to our partnership to strengthen our economy, defend women's reproductive rights in the face of Tea Party attacks, and level the playing field for working families, without leaving communities of color behind."
Edwards is battling with Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County for the Democratic nomination to the seat now held by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. A Baltimore Sun-University of Baltimore poll last month showed Van Hollen with a 14-point lead.
Edwards has said she would add an important voice to the mostly male, mostly white Senate. If elected, she would be the first African-American woman in the chamber since Carol Mosely Braun left in 1999.
Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus — and many Democrats generally — have withheld an endorsement in the race while waiting for Rep. Elijah E. Cummings to announce whether he's running.
The Baltimore Democrat, a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, has given little indication that he's planning a campaign, but has not ruled it out.